TED Talk by Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano
In a recent TED talk, neurosurgeon Andres Lozano discusses recent developments in the potential uses of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the alleviation of symptoms across many different neurological / neuropsychological conditions, including Parkinsons Disease, dystonia, depression and other mental illnesses, and possibly even for the improvement of cognitive functioning in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and the earlier stages of Alzheimers Disease.
"Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down – like a radio dial or thermostat – to correct dysfunction".
Note: Some of this promising work on the treatment of dementia is at an early stage and clinical trials are still underway.